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Ensuring high standards.

Baker College policies have been developed and written to clarify standards, rules, and regulations throughout our community. For general information about Baker College and our policies and procedures, refer to our handbooks and catalogs.

For special needs and disability services, see Disability Services Forms, Guidelines, and Contact Information.

If you have a question or a concern, please let us know and we’ll work with you to resolve the issue.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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Policies & Procedures

Guiding decisions.

Ensuring high standards.

Baker College policies have been developed and written to clarify standards, rules, and regulations throughout our community. For general information about Baker College and our policies and procedures, refer to our handbooks and catalogs.

For special needs and disability services, see Disability Services Forms, Guidelines, and Contact Information.

If you have a question or a concern, please let us know and we’ll work with you to resolve the issue.

Campus Policies and Information

Campus Policies and Information

Your Campus Information handbook explains the policies on your campus along with office/building hours, contact information, where to go for help, and other important information. To download a PDF of your Campus Information handbook, use one of the links below.

Note: Specific policies that are not listed in your Campus Information handbook can be found in the Baker College Catalog (19.7 MB).

Academic Honor Code

Academic Honor Code

Academic honesty, integrity, and ethics are required of all members of the Baker College community. Academic integrity and acting honorably are essential parts of professionalism that continue well beyond courses at Baker College. They are the foundation for ethical behavior in the workplace. Attending Baker College is a privilege and students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner reflecting the ideals, values, and educational aims of the College.

Academic integrity requires that work for which students receive credit be entirely the result of their own effort. Acting honorably in an academic setting requires more than simple honesty. Academic dishonesty takes place whenever students undermine the academic integrity of the institution or attempt to gain an unfair advantage over others. Ignorance of the College’s honor code is not accepted as a valid excuse for prohibited conduct.

The following lists include some examples of honor code violations; they are not intended to be exhaustive.

Cheating

  • Using unauthorized materials such as books, notes, or crib sheets to answer examination questions
  • Taking advantage of information considered unauthorized by one’s instructor regarding examination questions
  • Copying another student’s homework, written assignments, examination answers, electronic media, or other data
  • Assisting or allowing someone else to cheat

Plagiarism

  • Representing the ideas, expressions, or materials of another without due credit
  • Paraphrasing or condensing ideas from another person’s work without proper citation
  • Failing to document direct quotations and paraphrases with proper citation
  • Other forms of academic dishonesty

Fraud, Deception, and the Alteration of Grades or Official Records

  • Changing examination solutions after the fact, inventing, changing, or falsifying laboratory data or research
  • Purchasing and submitting written assignments, homework, or examinations
  • Reproducing or duplicating images, designs, or Web pages without giving credit to the developer, artist, or designer
  • Submitting work created for another course without instructor approval
  • Misrepresenting oneself or one’s circumstance to gain an unfair advantage
  • Collaborating with another person(s) without instructor approval
  • Selling or providing term papers, coursework, or assignments to other students

Consequences of Honor Code Violations

Violating Baker College’s Honor Code can result in four possible consequences:

  • Failure of the assignment
  • Failure of the course*
  • Expulsion from Baker College
  • Rescinding a certificate or degree

In cases involving violation of the honor code, determination of the grade and the student’s status in the course are left solely to the discretion of the instructor. The faculty may seek guidance from administrators. The instructor will report the incident to the College’s administration to establish, investigate, or determine potential patterns of dishonesty.

*A student is prohibited from withdrawing from a course in which an F grade is received due to a violation of the honor code.

Copyright Policies

Copyright Policies

All Baker College copyright policies and handouts may be viewed with Adobe Acrobat.

Policy Information

Handouts

Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

This privacy statement applies to this Web site and certain other linked Web sites on servers owned and operated by Baker College. The privacy statement discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for all Baker College Web sites.

IP Address and Authentication

We log all connections to our Web servers. Those log files include your IP address. An IP address is NOT personally identifiable information, but general information about your location, your connection to the Internet, and the Internet Service Provider that is being used. We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our servers and to administer the Web sites.

However, when you connect to any of our systems through the use of individual or pooled modems, wireless connections on our campuses, or residence halls’ connections we ask you to authenticate using a user identification and password. We ask this so that these resources are used only by authorized students, staff, and faculty of this institution. In this case, the log files DO provide personally identifiable information. This information includes a history of the Web sites and pages that you visit.

Finally, for many of our specialized services, such as our e-mail systems, Blackboard, or the SOLAR System, your authentication allows us to provide you with specific information about your classes, grades, and financial status. These activities are also logged by us and include a history of the Web sites and pages that you visit.

In summary, on our sites we normally track only non-personal information but when you enter a user ID and password we log what you are doing while using our services. (This is one of the reasons you should never give anyone your user ID and password.)

Cookies

“Cookies” are small pieces of information stored in a user’s browser that give the user a unique identification. If you are attempting to access our restricted content, we will use cookies for authentication purposes only. All cookies are established on a per session basis, and are not stored permanently on your computer.

Personal Information

Baker College may collect personal information through various forms, surveys, or applications to allow us to contact you, improve our services, or create, complete, or update information about your records with Baker College. Information obtained via contact forms is only used for the defined purpose of contact. The user may be contacted through telephone, mail, or e-mail in response to the request being made.

Any personal information collected that pertains to financial aid is shared with specific third party loan agencies for the sole purpose of servicing student loans for Baker College

By using our Web sites, you represent that you are not less than 13 years of age. Personal information that is collected is treated as though it was submitted by an adult.

We do not sell or rent your contact information to third parties. However, we do provide this when we are required to disclose such information by law or in response to a request from a law enforcement agency or authority.
Baker College is not responsible for personal information that is disclosed by users posting to discussion boards in Blackboard. All users of Blackboard are to exercise caution when disclosing personal information. Any information disclosed should be for educational purposes only.

Except with regard to any contact information you may provide us via the Web sites, all comments, feedback, information, or materials submitted to Baker College or in association with our Web sites will be considered non-confidential and the property of Baker College.

Security

Baker College Web sites have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Baker College does not guarantee the performance or adequacy of such security measures.

Links to Other Web Sites

The Web sites contain links to other Web sites that are not owned or operated by Baker College. The College is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third parties or the content or security of such Web sites.

Dissemination of Information

Baker College staff uses both personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information to aid them in diagnosing network and server issues and in planning for capacity and performance issues. Personally identifiable information is also used in diagnosing and attempting to solve problems of particular users at their request.

Baker College staff also uses personally identifiable information to aid in any investigation of unauthorized, inappropriate, illegal, or irresponsible use of computing resources. This information may be used internally to disable or remove accounts. Baker College will also cooperate with external agencies when required to disclose such information by law or in response to a request from a law enforcement agency or authority.

Baker College will not sell, rent, or otherwise disseminate information that it collects on its Web sites to other parties except as required by law and for financial aid purposes.

Baker College may make changes to this privacy statement. Any changes will be posted to this statement so that users are always aware items concerning their privacy.

Third-Party Linking

Third-Party Linking

The following are the Terms and Conditions of Use that Baker College uses to decide whether a link to a third-party will be established on the Baker College Web site. Please read carefully. Baker College may revise these Terms and Conditions at any time.

Web Site Ownership

Contents of the Baker College Web site (text, graphics, images, and other material(s)) are protected by laws affecting intellectual property under United States and foreign laws, and unauthorized use may violate such laws. The College owns the screens and the HTML used to generate the web pages; copying or using software, screens, HTML, etc. is prohibited.

Linkage from www.baker.edu

The College provides third-party links as a convenience to its students. Although these links are reviewed on a regular basis, the College holds the third-party responsible for their content and accuracy of material.

Access to third-party links are done at the students’ own risk.

The College does not make any representations or warranties regarding the content of third-party Web sites.

Guidelines for Third-Party Web Site Links

Third-parties will not charge a fee to Baker College students/graduates for submission or evaluation of resumes for possible job opportunities.

All third-party links are responsible for assuring their Web sites are free of computer viruses or other harmful mechanisms.

The College is not responsible for any employment decisions made by any third-party entity for job postings on their Web site.

All third-parties must comply with Federal, State, and local laws as they relate to job openings (i.e.: employment discrimination, etc.)

Indemnity

The College shall not be held responsible for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages arising from the use of third-party links posted on its Web site.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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